We could put up the Audi press release, which goes into verbose detail about the Prologue Avant’s design and aesthetics, but we like you don’t need a press release to inform us just how stunning a car this concept is.
We are reliably informed by Audi that the saloon version of the Prologue concept is indeed pretty much as close to the final concept as production techniques and the accountants will allow.
Whether the Prologue is a replacement for the A8 or a new luxury flagship that sits above all else only time and the Geneva motorshow will tell.
Right now what we do know is the concept also houses next generation plugin hybrid technology as debuted in the Q7 e-tron quattro.
Yes that’s right, you were probably thinking the Prologue runs off nano particles and has an exotic laser power source, sorry to disappoint but its good old fashioned TDi tech. If you are American that means diesel.
The 3.0 TDI engine has a maximum of 353 PS, and is combined with an electric motor integrated in the eight-speed tiptronic transmission which directs engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive . This contributes up to 100 kW while total system output is 455 PS and total system torque is 750 Nm (553.2 lb-ft).
The Prologue Avant accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155 mph. Audi claim it can return 176mpg combined while emitting 43 g/km and they also claim an electric drive range of 33.6 miles.
Having tested the Mitsubishi PHEV we can say one or two of those stats won’t add up in the real world. The 176mpg rating is paper talk it will be less than half the figure Audi quotes, possible even less. The 176 mpg figure is technically correct under controlled conditions but not in real world driving. You can also rule out the electric drive range as being accurate, its probably going to be around 22 miles in real money.
Rant over with what we can say is the Prologue Avant concept will come packed full of tech-geek gadgets and wireless connectivity.
And of course Audi will make a lush interior which Mercedes or BMW simply can’t match. The Audi prologue Avant will be unveiled next week at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.